How Memory Works
Meeting Agenda - June 15, 2003
(GENERAL REMINDER: Please show up on time or a few minutes early, so
we can start right at 2, giving plenty of time for both the presentation
and free practice sessions.)
15 minutes: Open frame. Those in attendance talk briefly about what's
up for them, comments about last month's meeting, ideas and suggestions.
Feature Presentation (approx. 1
John-Erik Omland will present material from
Biological Psychology: how memory works, what is memory, implications
for re-imprinting, change personal history, phobia fixes, family systems
work and other NLP change processes.
Modern Brain research tells us that we have different
sorts of memory functions, based in different centers in the brain.
Besides the well known "short-term" and "long-term"
memory, there is also the "sensory register", which fuels
short-term memory and "working memory", which is important
in turning short-term memory into organized long-term memory and for
retrieving that memory so it's available again in the present moment.
We engage working memory when doing NLP change-work. It is the "handle
on the screwdriver" so to speak, that gives us access to the deeper
belief structures and their supporting V's and A's and K's.
Just as an individual's "map of reality"
is rich and distinctive with unique parts, one's long-term memory is
composed of many functionally different types of memory. "Semantic
memory" stores context-free verbal facts. "Episodic memory"
is highly context rich and what we typically think of as "memory".
In reality, this is a sort of "Reader's Digest" version of
experience and our conscious brain fills in the rest. (Remember "delete",
"distort" and "generalize" from NLP?) "Flash
bulb memory" is a special part of episodic memory that stores highly
contextualized dramatic events (remember where you were during the 9-11
plane crash?). "Emotive memory" is context free memory associated
with the Amigdala and with a brain structure called the hypocampus,
which matures in adolescence and is largely unavailable the first year
or two of life.
"Spacial memory" is our sense of 3-d
space - our physical map of our environment. It allows us to know where
we parked the car and where the bathroom is and also how to navigate
around in our world. "Procedural memory" is the memory of
motor skills: all the "how to's" (drive a car, do Tai CHi,
perform a dance piece...)
After about a 1/2 hour presentation, we will either
have a group discussion or break into groups of 3 or 4 to discuss the
implications of this information to change work sessions we have done
with clients and sessions done on ourselves. How does the information
presented deepen or change your understanding of how NLP change work
works in the human mind? What new insights can you apply to future work
Free Practice: (rest of time, approx. 1 1/2
Break into new (or same) groups of 3, work on your stuff with others.
Suggest 1 person work for 45 mins, then either switch with meta person
or rotate new (programmer, client, meta) positions. Leave 5-10 minutes
at end of each round for meta feedback and tea break.